Apparently this latest bit of idiocy on the part of the establishment media began after a random Twitter user, with a little over 400 followers, tweeted "Just wanted to enjoy the #ArmyNavy. Didn’t expect or want to see the White Power symbol thrown up by cadets on national television." Along with that statement were images, shown below.
The liberal establishment media caught wind of that tweet and off they went with social media posts, and entire articles about how those West Point students were white supremacists, with many verified Twitter users attacking those students, all over the "Okay sign," which is also used in an old game called the "Circle Game," or "Gotcha Game."
Completely innocent, all in fun, yet the media made such a huge deal out of it that the Department of Army initiated an full-fledged investigation into "hand gestures on ESPN GameDay."
The investigation concluded that the students held no "racist or white supremacist views," and the hand gesture was, in fact, part of a well-known game.
On Page #1, Item #3 "FACTS," the report on the investigative findings made it very clear that the "event and hand gestures drew intense social media attention and coverage from several media outlets, who carried both text and video stories discussing a similar 'OK' symbol being sometimes associated with white supremacists and/or white power movements and ideology."
This is yet another example of liberals and the establishment media talking out of their butts, "reporting" on something when they do not have a clue as to what is really going on, then sticking to their false narrative aka "Fake News" even after being informed of the truth.
When people that argued from day one that the cadets were not flashing a "white power" sign, highlighted the investigation and the findings and asked when the media apologies would start, the reactions were either silence or blaming , President Trump... I kid you not, one Boston Sun columnist actually claimed his jumping to conclusions because of his Trump Derangement Syndrome was because of who is "still living in the White House."
It is not often that ANP readers will see me offering kudos to anyone that works at CNN, but credit must be given when it is due, so kudos goes out to CNN law enforcement analyst James A. Gagliano, who offered up and heartfelt apology without attempting to make excuses for himself, stating "Owe cadets in question apology for my knee-jerk reaction, questioning their actions before Academy’s investigation & fair hearing of the facts. Guilty of serving as Twitter judge w/my *hot take*, immediately presupposing something nefarious. I was wrong."
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MEDIA HELPS 4CHAN TO CONTROL THE NARRTIVE AND CO-OPT SYMBOLS
So, how did something as innocent as the "Okay" sign, which most of us grew up using meaning things were alright, OK, good, etc..... suddenly become taboo, a sign of white supremacy in the eyes of the media, ADL and liberals?
A mixture of 4chan trolls, with the full complicity by the liberals and the establishment media (I know, the same thing!) by allowing those 4chan trolls to control the narrative by allowing them to co-opt memes and symbols, and doing the trolls bidding by then reporting on those appropriated symbols and memes as if they "belonged" to the trolls, and anyone that uses them must be a racist, white supremacist.
Here is how 4chan started it all:
The ADL, who is also complicit in allowing internet trolls to control the narrative, also declared that the Okay sign is now a "white power" symbol, while admitting that many that use it have no affiliation with racism, nor white supremacy, describes why 4chan started their operation KKK.
In 2017, the “okay” hand gesture acquired a new and different significance thanks to a hoax by members of the website 4chan to falsely promote the gesture as a hate symbol, claiming that the gesture represented the letters “wp,” for “white power.” The “okay” gesture hoax was merely the latest in a series of similar 4chan hoaxes using various innocuous symbols; in each case, the hoaxers hoped that the media and liberals would overreact by condemning a common image as white supremacist.
Emphasis in bold mine.
That is exactly what happened and keeps happening. Liberals and the media attack anyone that uses the "okay" sign, (Unless they are Democrats), accusing them of being a white supremacist, or flashing a "white power" sign, as they did with former Trump administration official Zina Gelman Bash.
While the media has still not learned the lesson of waiting for the facts to emerge before assuming they can report "intent," and once again attacked perfectly innocent young men for something they did not do, the same liberal media only has that type of knee-jerk reaction because they have helped internet trolls set the narrative, allowing those trolls to control what they write and how they think.
Internet trolls should be ignored, not afforded the right to co-opt memes, gestures and symbols, treating them as if they have the right to set the narrative.
The media, and liberals across the internet need to learn the one golden rule about trolls..... DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS!!!!!
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